Dr. Stephen TomsClaims examinerServices for Dr. Stephen...


November 23, 1991

Dr. Stephen Toms

Claims examiner

Services for Dr. Stephen Toms, an internist who worked as a disability claims examiner for the Social Security Administration, will be held at 10:30 a.m. today at the Glade United Church of Christ in Walkersville.

Dr. Toms, who was 62 and lived in Taylorsville since 1985, died Monday of cancer at the Carroll County General Hospital in Westminster.

He practiced internal medicine in Baltimore from the late 1950s until he began working for the Social Security Administration in 1976.

A native of Erie, Pa., he was a graduate of the Erie East High School, the Catholic University and the St. Louis University Medical School.

He is survived by his wife, the former Marjorie Cochran; seven daughters, Catherine Toms and Frances Boyle, both of Baltimore, Patricia Grahe and Susan Baitch, both of Abingdon, Stephanie Toms of Pasadena, Molly Parsons of Bishopville and Lillian Terry of Mays Landing, N.J.; two sons, Stephen Edward Toms of Baltimore and John Mark Toms of Coons Rapids, Minn.; a stepson, Daniel Thomas of Hong Kong; two stepdaughters, Susan Thompson of Melbourne, Fla., and Nancy Sanders of Charles Town, W.Va.; a brother, Michael Toms of Springfield, Mass.; three sisters, Marie Toms, Catherine Denial and Eve Becker, all of Erie; 11 grandchildren; and six stepgrandchildren.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Hospice of Carroll County or the Glade United Church of Christ.

Tabitha W. Gyr

La,5 icensed practical nurse

Services for Tabitha W. Gyr, who became a licensed practical nurse after working for many years as a legal secretary, will be held at 11 a.m. today at the Lassahn Funeral Home, 7401 Belair Road.

Miss Gyr, who was 92, died Tuesday at Church Hospital of complications from a stroke last July.

She retired in 1970 from the pediatrics department at Union Memorial Hospital where she had worked for about 14 years. For the first year after becoming a nurse in 1955, she had worked at the old South Baltimore General Hospital.

A native of Fennimore, Wis., she came to the Baltimore area as a child with her family, living first on a farm where the White Marsh Mall now stands, then in the Overlea area.

She was a member for many years of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Fullerton, where her grandfather had served as pastor.

Miss Gyr was a volunteer at Keswick and the Waxter Center after her retirement.

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

John Hisley

BG&E auditor

A memorial service for John Hisley, a retired auditor and special investigator for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Edenwald, the retirement community at 800 Southerly Road in Towson.

Mr. Hisley, who was 80 and moved to Edenwald in 1985, died there Tuesday of cancer. He had retired in 1976 after 40 years with BG&E.

He was born in Baltimore and lived 35 years in Northwood before moving to Edenwald. He was a graduate of City College and the Johns Hopkins University and belonged to the Sincerity Lodge of the Masons, the Scottish Rite and Boumi Temple.

Mr. Hisley was an avid gardener who grew more than 100 tTC varieties of plants and flowers in his Northwood yard, including many roses.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, the former Hedwig M. Beck; a son, Dr. John C. Hisley of Amarillo, Texas; a sister, Jeanne Williams of Towson; two brothers, Robert Granruth of Naples, Fla., and Linville, N.C., and Alan Granruth of Lakewood, Colo.; eight nephews; and a niece.

The family suggested memorial contributions to the Shrine Children's Hospitals through Boumi Temple.

Mildred L. Kaplan

Folk dancer

Mildred L. Kaplan, who was a folk dancer into her 80s, died Nov. 9 of cancer at her home on West Rogers Avenue.

Mrs Kaplan, who was 84, had been interested in folk dancing of many kinds for more than 30 years. She studied the piano in her youth and was a collector of dolls who was fond of travel.

The former Mildred Lebow was the wife of Dr. Carl Kaplan, a mathematician and physicist who did research at the Johns Hopkins University after his retirement as chief scientist of the Office of Scientific Research of the Air Research and Development Command of the Air Force. He died in 1981.

She is survived by a son, Hal Kaplan; a daughter, Elisa Fullenkamp and a granddaughter. All are of Baltimore.

Services for Mrs. Kaplan were private, but the family suggested memorial contributions to Sinai Hospital.

Harriet Chew Parks

Art teacher, watercolorist

Services for Harriet Chew Parks, who was a watercolorist and a retired art teacher, will be held at 1 p.m. today at St. John's Huntingdon Episcopal Church, Old York Road and Greenmount Avenue.

Miss Parks, who was 92 and lived at Keswick for seven years, died there Thursday of circulatory problems and an infection.

She retired in 1959 after teaching art in the city school system for many years.

The Towson native studied watercolor painting privately and was a member of the Maryland Watercolor Society.

She is survived by several nephews and nieces.

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